Olivia Newton-John Opens Up About Memoir + Health Troubles: Watch
With the recent release of her memoir, Olivia Newton-John sat down with the TODAY show to talk about the work as well as her current health struggles.
The book, Don’t Stop Believin’, names after her 1976 album, goes over the singer and actress’ extraordinary life, as well as her continuing battle with breast cancer. While much of her professional career has been on display, from multiple Grammy wins to her iconic role in Grease, little has been discussed regarding Newton-John’s battle(s) with recurring illnesses.
In the publication, the Australia native discusses the fact that her last cancer diagnosis, which her fans long believed was her second, was actually her third. She decided to keep that detail secret for some time for good reason. “Because of the speculation,” she explained in the interview. “I just decided I wanted to go through it myself. I don’t know, it was just a decision that I’d keep it to myself that time.”
“They were telling me I was dying, and I thought, ‘Well, I don’t feel like it. I feel pretty good!'” she recalled. “But, you know, rumors start and then it gets out of control.” So the 70-year-old regained control by releasing a video announcing (and borrowing from Mark Twain): “Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” Watch the interview in which Olivia Newton-John candidly details what is contained in her new memoir Don’t Stop Believin’ below.